Bombay Pale Ale | Nørrebro Bryghus

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Bombay Pale AleBombay Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Nørrebro Bryghus

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From bottle, Deep gold with off white head. Malt aromas to begin followed by citrus hops and stone fruit. Citrus and pine flavours dominate, there is a strong bread malt and caramel note. Not too bad.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.14/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real nice fluffy off white in color to tan head, three fingers tall nicely with a good thick fingered cap. Nice opaque amber orange to copper red body color. Very clear, with minimal carbonation. Good solid looking brew.

Great nose. Slight toasty aromas, minor cookie biscuit and caramel sweetness with a nice fruity hop sense. Gingerbread like sweetness too, real nice aroma here, very impressed.

Palate sings nicely and simply. Biscuit and brown cookie dough, with real nice touches of tangerine and herbal hop. Finishes clean with much of the bitterness in the mid palate and minimal aftertaste. Good malt depth and backbone, which coats the palate in every crevice.

Overall a real nice pale ale, with a good biscuity malt angle.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A light copper colored beer with good clarity and little head.

S: Lots and f English malt with caramel dominating backed by biscuit and toast. The is a moderate earthy hops aroma with a light orange aroma from the yeast.

T: The taste matches the noise with a decent hops balance and a fairly strong malt character. The balance is slightly towards the bitter. The hops are earthy with a. Slight floral hint. The fermentation adds some orange and slight citrus. The finish is off dry and the aftertaste is a moderately lingering bitterness.

M: medium full bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: a pretty good English IPA with a good malt hops balance. I wouldn't hunt this one down but if you can't find a big bitter American IPA this will do well.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with two friends on a picnic rug, New Year's Eve 2011/12.

Pours a burnished amber colour with steady bead feeding off-white fluffy head, with nice sticky lace and good retention. Looks nice.

Smells a bit fruity and sweet. Brown sugar is noticeable, with pineapple, touch of banana and pear. Hint of clove at the back; all smells a bit sweet, maybe aged badly? Needs more tang to cut through.

Taste is similar with lots of fruit upfront: caramelised pineapple, pear and rockmelon that gets some tang and spice midway, resiny and woody bitterness that lasts to the finish. A bit sharp late, with a bit of acid pull and earthy, aniseedy spice late. OK but a bit off-kilter.

Frothy and mildly sticky feel. Not bad.

A bit off-balance in key parts, but pleasant enough drinking.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.16/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark amber with a small fading head.
Nose shows caramel, toffee and butterscotch with soft spicy and floral hops underneath. Very malty. Old bottle perhaps? Still well within BB....
Similar flavours, very malty, lots of toffee and honey. Once again, only a hint of spicy hops. Too sweet, practically no bitterness.
Could use more carbonation.
Not a bad beer, but nothing like an IPA.... No hops, no bitterness.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful copper coloured amber with limited head and carbonation. Minimal aroma, but a hint of caramelized malts. The flavour is more pronounced, with rich caramel, grains and a pleasantly dry finish.

I would call this a decent session beer if it weren't for the APA level 6.5%. As it is, it will remain an occasional malty treat.

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Photo of cyrenaica
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

600ml bottle
6.5% ABV
I tried this beer on May 13, 2011 at "Smokeless Joe" in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a trancluscent gold colour with orange hues. and a thin off-white head. The aroma was pine, weak citrus, and grainy malts. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour is slighty sweet, malty, with citrus and toffee. The finish is bitter.

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Photo of mintjellie
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliant orange colour capped by off-white foam that doesn't stick around, or stick to the walls of my glass. Delicate wildflower hop aroma with a hint of honey. Perhaps too delicate though - you really have to work to pick it up. Lovely malt flavour shows toast and honey, there's a nice orange flavour that I'm not sure is ester or hop in nature, but leafy bitterness is definately of the humulus variety. There's a light butteriness to it that enhances the flavour rather than detracting from it. Medium bodied with very low carbonation. Feels soft, creamy, and smooth in the mouth. This is a decent and tasty beer that could be very good if the aroma were a little more forward.

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Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy. Thanks!
Nice clarity, medium amber/orange colour with a short, off-white cap that showed great head retention. A fair amount of lacing clung to the glass too, at least for the first half glass. Light aroma, notes of grassy and herbal hops, a bit of citrus, caramel and toasted malts, very English in character and nicely balanced. The flavour was a little lackluster and muted in character, nothing really wrong with it though. A bit of malt sweetness, mild bitterness and hops, light citrus and grass with a hint of spice and alcohol in the finish. The texture was alright, a bit heavier than expected, but the low carbonation made for an easy drinking beer.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

60cL/600ml bottle poured into a nonic pint glass...

A - The colour is sort of in between what you would expect from an English IPA and its American counterpart. It's of a light copper colour, which makes it a little darker than an American IPA and a little paler than a regular IPA.

Pretty good head retention and some lacing.

S - Grassy and earthy hops dominate the nose. Hints of citrus, as well as bread, caramel, and flowers. Quite interesting!

T - The dry-hopping used in brewing this beer really give it a solid hop bite up front. This provides for a unique experience of tasting a hoppy, yet very English-styled ale! Grass, lemon, grapefruit, apricot, honey, and caramel are among the most prominent taste sensations I get. There is a very pleasant and moderate sweetness, which comes hand in hand with the bitterness. The finish is slightly dry and bitter, with lingering citrus and bread notes. Very balanced.

M - Light-to-medium in body. No hint of alcohol. I liked the fact that this beer is not very dry like many IPA's. Quite lively at first, with a sparkling texture to it.

O - Overall, the best word to describe this beer would be "interesting". This surely is not your ordinary English-style IPA! The generous amount of hops + the dry-hopping really does make a difference!

This beer drinks well for an IPA. It's slightly-lighter-than-average body and lack of extreme dryness provide for a very enjoyable experience. The one bottle I had disappeared in no time!

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Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clarity may still be perfectly intact, but this heavily bronzed colour looks like it's in need of a good shine. Haze has begun to set in and all but the most copper-y highlights have been squashed by the beer's dim and deeply tan complexion. Its head can't hold water - literally, the tiny bubbles and loose foam succumb to the liquid without a fight.

It may have been brewed in Denmark, but this pale ale smells British-esque. Its water minerals are stark and pointed, plainly perceptible given the modest, honey-like aromatics of the malt. Its pithy, grassy hop profile, however, is more prevalent than most English brewers could imagine. It smells quite fragrantly of juniper, spruce, lychee and bitter citrus.

Despite its North American leanings with the hop choices, Bombay Pale Ale is definitely done more in the traditional European vein. The Marris Otter malt smacks partly of toffee, partly of cardboard; its toasty, bready quality is an ideal match for the sharp minerals in the water, the fruity ale yeast esters and drying, floral leafiness with which it's laced.

That bitterness is tempered not only by the hops' own breezy citrus character, but also by a gloppy honey sweetness and crystal-sharp minerals. The resulting texture manages brief effervescence before giving out to a velvety aftertaste of doughy malt and spruce-y hop greasiness. The extra alcohol is not noticed, although the beer is fairly heavy.

If I were Nørrebro Bryghus I wouldn't bother exporting Bombay Pale Ale for two simple reasons: 1) how well the beer holds up to voyage overseas is questionable; and 2) there's no way the price point will come in at under $7 a bottle, which is a little steep considering there are equal (and better) domestic versions available for much cheaper.

That being said, I can see why the brewery is so eager to share this widely appealing, highly agreeable offering. It is an honored rendition of the classic British pale ales with a little extra accenting. A real winner. But again, realistically, unless I lived in or around Copenhagen, I couldn't see drinking much of it. There's too many local alternatives.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

LCBO acquisition. Pours light lagerish colour and its lacey. Neutral aromas. Easy smooth mouthfeel, a little bitter this would be more refreshing on a hot summer day. Understated grassy bitterness. An English style "india pale ale". Boozy finish. Don't expect lots of hop flavour.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy bright orangey color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light bitter malt with nice lightly sweet caramel malt notes. Taste is very nice and easily quaffable with great notes of lightly sweet caramel malt with earthy and bitter hops which provide a nice balance. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very well brewed and easily drinkable.

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Photo of shamus
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Super-duper carbonation. Crammed with tiny bubbles and a quckly vanishing head. a lovely amber colour. Nice scent. Sandalwood, citrus, lot's of sandalwood. A bit artificial smelling in that but pleasant still. Tastes as it smells. Smooth. Not really pale ale. I guess the incense dipped flavour is the Bombay part. It's ok but way over-priced for what it is. nice label but a one time date. Sorry girl.

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Photo of KingHefey
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a bright orange colour with a quickly dissipating head.

S: A floral, citrus and grassy smell brought on by the hops. Not quite the power of an APA or IIPA but the hops are prominent.

T: Mildly bitter from the hops, reminiscent of grapefruit. Slightly sweet but the flavour is dominated by very mild hops.

M: Smooth and well carbonated.

D: A good English IPA.

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Photo of Digimaika2
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale copper with one finger of head. Slight carbonation.

S: Malts right away, with some syrupy caramel sweetness in there. Also picking up a nutty aroma (chestnuts?). Pineapple smell others have noted are there, but more muted for me.

T: Really able to taste the sweet malts, with a general bitterness near the end. Some slight citrus taste coming through in the middle. Overall a certainly refreshing pale ale.

M: Well balanced carbonation, with an oily mouthfeel.

D: Easy to drink given the well-balanced nature of this ale. I'm glad I tried it, but wouldn't purchase again given the price.

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Photo of paxkey
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

looks nice in glass. not fully clear but not cloudy. medium amber with white head.

smells spiced similar to their winter warmer with less malt and more hops prominence. but very similar yeast malt and spice profile.

definitely delivers on bitterness. alot of the same flavors are there as in their dark malty winter warmer but with a hoppy bitterness.
works quite well.

quite a tasty beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.73/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Orange/yellow colour with once finger of bubbly white head that quickly disappeared.

S - Some bitterness up front with floral notes and a slight sweetness from the malts. Overall nose is similar to that of a European lager like Heineken or Stella.

T - Tastes like a rich man's Heineken. Slight bitterness of the hops is dominant flavour - tastes like a typical European lager. A slightly sweet caramel malt backbone is present as well. As I drink it a slight hop bite becomes the prominent taste, similar to that of a pilsener. This is a very disjointed beer. I don't see how this can be called an IPA. The hops are noticeable but are crisp like a pils not robust like an IPA. And the malts are noticeable but not prominent enough. This is quite confusing...

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D - Not all that anjoyable. Did not taste like a pale ale to me. More like a Pilsener or European lager. I would not buy this again.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the LCBO's release Norrebro release. Bottle appears to be dated October 28, 2010, which means it took about three months to reach the stores in Ontario.

Pours a translucent dark golden colour, with about a finger of of-white head. It does not take long before most of the head has gone.

I can smell light hops, but otherwise the smell is not particularly strong. It is clear that it is an IPA, but nothing screams out at me.

As for taste, there is a mild but nice hoppy bitterness and a light citrus flavour, perhaps grapefruit. I also get a very faint bit of caramel. Generally, I would say the taste is nice, but not particularly noteworthy. It has a very "clean" taste.

Mouthfeel is good. Just the right amount of carbonation, and a good body for the style. Drinkability is also very good- this beer goes down very smoothly and happily. Which is good, since it is a 600ml bottle!

Overall, a nice but not exciting beer. Glad to have had it, would be happy to have it again, but would not rush to buy another considering the price.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

600mL bottle as part of the LCBO's Nørrebro release. This one will be my first from the set, as I just felt like today was a pale ale kind of day. This will also be my first Danish beer that isn't Carlsberg or Faxe, so the bar has already been set pretty low - hopefully Nørrebro will deliver!

Minimalist bottle artwork is actually very pleasant - looks like Ikea infused with Mennonite/Pennsylvania Dutch patterns. Poured into a nonic Wellington glass. Light amber, certainly on the pale end of the pale ale spectrum. Leaves a decent amount of frothy head that settles into a thin layer, and leaves behind loads of lacing sheets. Looks quite nice.

Pale malts, light citrus hops, orange and tangerine (marmalade?), a touch of caramel. Digging it.

This brew reminds me a great deal of Fullers (which is a good thing in my books), with a lovely orange-marmalade fruit character that I really enjoy in my pale ales. Mild earthy bitterness to the finish - some nice flavors working here. I agree with the general concensus that this brew has much more in common with an English pale than an English IPA, other than the high ABV. Nothing wrong with this beer - soft, and very easy to drink.

Medium bodied for a pale, creamy, easy carbonation. A great sipper.

This a great little beer, and a fine introduction to the brewery. Seems that the Danish microbrewing scene is in fine form. Their Bombay Pale is different enough to distinguish itself from other pale ales of the type with its big fruit flavors and mild earthy hops. While I understand the reasons (somewhat) behind high import prices, at 7ish bucks a pop in Ontario, I might only be back for one more, if that. A great brew, but too expensive here. Make sure to try it once though!

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Photo of mrnobody
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

600 ml bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with one finger of white head.

S: Has a rich fresh hoppy aroma but not citrus, very European.

T: Tastes fairly sweet/malty but with a nice refreshing bitterness.

M: Medium body with a suitable level of carbonation.

D: Drinkability is pretty good but this strikes me as being more like a pilsener than an IPA.

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Photo of heebes
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

600 ml bottle.
Part of the Norrebro brewery feature.

Pours a clear golden amber with red hues. Two finger off white foamy head recedes quickly. Nose is huge, light fruits, plum, caramel malt, citrus hops. Taste is mild representation of the smell; a well balanced malt profile with faint hop presence. A sort of earthy undertone. Medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. Decent drinkability, refreshing to try once.
I'll agree with the sediments below, fits more of an English Pale profile.

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Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the LCBO special release, 600ml into a balloon tulip.

Poured a orange red, with a few fingers of nice and thick eggshell head. Not a lot of head retention, but good lacing. Nose is hoppy, orange and other citrus with a bit of pine. Taste wasn't as bitter as I had anticipated given the nose, pale bready malts, toffee, orange, mild tangerine and an indiscriminate 'evergreen' flavour, a bit more involved than I what I would call piney (herbal/woody?) Quick finish, with a mild lingering finish. Relatively malt forward in terms of flavour. Good mouthfeel and the carbonation is pretty darn spot on for my liking.

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Photo of cratez
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

600ml bottle from the Richmond & Fanshawe LCBO. Part of the 2011 Noerrebro Brewery Feature Release. Pours a clear amber hue with bubbly carbonation in the body, one finger of white foam, and a few strands of lacing on the tulip. Smell is caramel, marmalade (big time), toasty malts, orange peel, faint esters, and jujube candy. I also get the smallest trace of cooked corn (weird?). Taste follows the nose with slightly sweet pale malts upfront, clean and fruity citrus flavours mid-palate, flash of toffee with some earthy hop tang and a subtle, lemony bitterness to end. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, lush caramel texture on the tongue, crisp and drying finish, fleeting aftertaste. A well-rounded, satisfying and balanced English Ale, though more of a pale ale than an EIPA to me.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Sort of a dark gold colour, lightish copper perhaps. One finger of slightly off white head. Doesn't seem to be headin anywhere too soon and proves me right as a solid half finger cap remains throughout. Medium carbonation. Bright.

S - Really juicy hops coming out as mild pine and lot's of pineapple and mango. Very interesting. Some real breadiness is present too, sort of like rye bread. Interesting stuff.

T - Very different, especially for the style. That mango/pineapple element is really tasty and wonderfully complimented with a subtle sort of bready character. Well balanced and delicious.

M - Great carbonation, right where it should be. Mild bitterness that isn't overpowering but let's you know what's up. Sort of an oily mouthfeel, quite nice.

D - Quite high here. Can't see anything wrong with this. For the style, this has got to be the most interesting example I've ever had. Very tasty and perfectly balanced. Lovely stuff. If this is any indication of what Nørrebro churns out regularily, I'm looking forward to visiting them while I'm in Copenhagen.

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